Archive for June, 2012

FTC investigating Google over Motorola patents

Posted on June 30, 2012. Filed under: Technology | Tags: |

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Motorola’s history of using FRAND patents in lawsuits has drawn criticism and attention from the Federal Trade Commission already, and apparently it has also a formal investigation.Bloomberg reports that the FTC has sent Google a civil investigative demand as it pursues the question of whether or not Motorola is abusing the system by using standards patents in its disputes with Apple and Microsoft. Reportedly both Microsoft and Apple have received information requests from the FTC.In a statement to All Things,Google said that it would be “happy to answer any questions.”
The FTC has previously said that the import ban Motorola is seeking against the Xbox and iPhone would have “the potential to cause substantial harm to U.S. competition,consumers and innovation.”So while there’s no word on just how far the FTC is planning on taking this probe,the commission’s attitude towards Motorola’s (and now Google’s) actions seems fairly obvious:dubious.

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GPS Spoofing Attack Hacks Drones

Posted on June 30, 2012. Filed under: Science, Technology |

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The BBC is reporting that researchers from the University of Texas at Austin managed to hack an experimental drone by spoofing GPS signals.Theoretically,this would allow the hackers to direct the drone to coordinates of their choosing.’The spoofed drone used an unencrypted GPS signal,which is normally used by civilian planes,says Noel Sharkey,co-founder of the International Committee for Robot Arms Control.”It’s easy to spoof an unencrypted drone.Anybody technically skilled could do this-it would cost them some £700 for the equipment and that’s it,”he told BBC News.”It’s very dangerous-if a drone is being directed somewhere using its GPS,a spoofer can make it think it’s somewhere else and make it crash into a building,or crash somewhere else,or just steal it and fill it with explosives and direct somewhere.But the big worry is¡ªit also means that it wouldn’t be too hard for a very skilled person to work out how to un-encrypt military drones and spoof them,and that could be extremely dangerous because they could turn them on the wrong people.

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iPhone 5 likely to Launch in September this Year

Posted on June 29, 2012. Filed under: Technology | Tags: , |


Apple’s WWDC and Google I/O have already taken place this year andall the major announcements and launches have happened.Now, everyone’s eyes are set on the next big launch, that of Apple’s iPhone 5. Many expected the new iPhone to be launched, but Apple went ahead with the iPhone 4S, which included a bundle of new features and performance improvements. The iPhone 5 now has a new rumoured date, sometime around the end of of August or early September this year (more…)

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Google Chrome for iPhone, iPad now Available

Posted on June 29, 2012. Filed under: Technology | Tags: , , , |

Google has released the Chrome web browser app optimised for the Apple iOS based devices through Apple App Store.

Google has surprised everyone by making the Chrome web browser available for the iOS based devices through Apple App Store. Now Google Chrome also joins the race of the third party web browser in the Apple App Store and brings new user experience.
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Only 4.9 per cent Mobile Users in India have Used MNP till date

Posted on June 29, 2012. Filed under: Technology | Tags: , , , , , |

MNP was launched in January 2011 in India, and has been used by only 45.86 million users so far.

Mobile Number Portability ( MNP ), a service that allows users to change their mobile service provider without changing their number, was launched in January 2011 in India, and has been used by only 45.86 million users so far, of the 921 million mobile subscribers in India- a mere 4.9 per cent of the total mobile subscriber base of the country.
A major reason for this can be attributed to India being predominantly a pre-paid market with very limited loyalty to the mobile number. (more…)

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Adobe confirms it won’t support Flash on Android 4.1

Posted on June 29, 2012. Filed under: Technology | Tags: , , |

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Adobe was very public about dropping mobile Flash last fall.In case that wasn’t clear enough,the developer just drew a line in the sand:Android 4.1 doesn’t,and won’t ever,get certification for Flash.The company is stopping short of saying that Flash won’t run,but it’s evident that Adobe won’t help you if the web browser plugin doesn’t install(or breaks in spectacular fashion) on that Nexus 7.Just to underscore the point,the firm is also halting new installations of Flash from Google Play as of August 15th.Security updates and other vital patches will continue on for existing users.Any fresh downloads after that fateful day,however,will have to come from Adobe’s mausoleum for old versions.The company had already said that HTML5 was the way forward on phones and tablets–now we know just how quickly it’s backing up that claim.

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Aakash 2 to launch in August with ICS for Rs. 2,263

Posted on June 28, 2012. Filed under: Technology | Tags: , , |


It looks like the Aakash 2is all set to launch sometime in August for a price tag of Rs. 2,263. We did hear about the tablet launching sometime next month, but as it turns out, August seems to be the date when it will finally arrive. Not only that, the tablet will also launch with Ice Cream Sandwich onboard at a very aggressive price of Rs. 2,263. (more…)

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Google maps Get Smart With Offline Navigation

Posted on June 28, 2012. Filed under: Technology | Tags: , , , , , |

The latest update of the Google maps brings along the most awaited offline navigation feature for Android users.

Google, the internet search engine giant and the maker of Android operating system, hasannounced the launch of the much awaited offline maps feature for Google Maps whichis now available in the settings menu of Google Maps app on Android. (more…)

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Airtel to launch 4G services in Delhi, Mumbai by Dec

Posted on June 28, 2012. Filed under: Technology | Tags: , , , , , |

Airtel has partnered with Qualcomm to roll out 4G services in Delhi, Mumbai, Haryana and Kerala.

Airtel, which recently bought a stake in Qualcomm’s BWA (Broadband Wireless Access) business, will roll out 4G services in Delhi and Mumbai by the end of this year, an industry source.
The operator has already launched 4G services in Kolkata and Karnataka circles (more…)

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